Exmouth woman gets three-year driving ban after being more than four times the drink drive limit

PUBLISHED: 11:37 25 May 2018

Exeter magistrates court. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter magistrates court. Picture: Terry Ife

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An Exmouth woman has been banned from driving for three years after admitting being more than four times the legal drink drive limit.

Appearing at Exeter Magistrates Court on Thursday (May 24), Rosie Turner, 36, of St Andrew’s Road, Exmouth, was given a 12-week suspended jail sentence and was disqualified from driving for three years.

She previously pleaded guilty to being the driver of the vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident on October 31, 2017.

Turner also admitted failing to report the accident. She also pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink driving limit.

She will have to take part in 20 rehabilitation activity days. In passing the sentence chair of the bench Cathy Sanders said: “We find that the driving was poor and an accident was caused and the level of alcohol was so much that the custody threshold has been passed but we’re going to suspend it for a year.”

The court heard how police were called at around 6pm on October 31, 2017, after reports of a car involved in an accident in St Andrew’s Road.

When they arrived at the scene officers were told that the female driver of a silver Mercedes had left the car and entered a property in St Andrew’s Road.

Police found Turner in a property and officers tried to give her a breath test but the machine failed to give a reading so she was arrested.

She told officers she had drunk a bottle wine after reaching her home. Turner said she was a ‘binge drinker’ and had argued with her partner before the collision.

The court was told how police noticed Turner’s car had a number of marks indicating a collision with another car. Officers later found a blue Skoda Octavia which had been involved in a collision.

Turner was later breathalysed at the police station where she registered 146 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

The court heard how Turner claimed that she had ‘downed a bottle’ of wine between getting home and the police arriving. A Newton hearing later found that there was not enough time between the call to police and officers arriving for Turner to consume a whole bottle of wine.

Turner described herself as a ‘binge drinker’ and said she had a row with her partner prior to the incident, the court was told.

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